Taking place in various venues across the capital, London Craft week is back for 2019, taking place from the 8th - 12th of May.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of London Craft Week, a pioneering festival that will see more than 240 makers, designers, brands, artists and galleries from 15 different countries celebrating global creativity. Hundreds of venues across the capital will share in the five day celebration, which organisers are calling its “biggest, boldest and most ambitious” event to date.
From the 8th to the 12th May, the public is invited to a packed programme of events including exhibitions, talks, creative experiences and hands-on workshops. Last year, more than 99,000 people took part in over 200 events – and both of these numbers are set to rise for London Craft Week 2019.
Since the first London Craft Week in 2015, the event has evolved from an ambitious experiment to a key event on the UK’s annual creative calendar. From St Pauls and the Barbican to South Bank, Pimlico and Peckham, this year’s programme of events has expanded to various areas of the city, with venues both north and south of the river becoming London Craft Week destinations.
Those visiting the event will be delighted by the range of opportunities on offer, which will allow them to discover extraordinary artistic talent and international craftsmanship first hand. London Craft Week 2019 also offers visitors the chance to gain exclusive access to leading brands and established or emerging designers, who are opening their showrooms and shops to the public for the duration of the event.
Giving voice to the world of craft, and illustrating its intersection with art and design, London Craft Week is definitely not to be missed. Incredibly, half of the events are also free to attend – tickets can be found at londoncraftweek.com. One of London Craft Week’s main themes is looking at the relationship between retail brands and accomplished artists and makers, which the event will continue to do this year.
Highlights from the programme include mother-daughter duo Shizu Designs giving traditional Japanese weaving demonstrations at LOEWE; a sustainable furniture and accessories installation at design hotel, Sea Containers; two events hosted by Craft Village, presenting the work of artisans working in India’s most traditional crafts; an exhibition on the Yoshioka family at Japan House; and an ‘unloved to luxury’ workshop presented by The Room Service.
2019 also marks the London Craft Week debut of new creative neighbourhood, Coal Drops Yard. Made up of a community of over 50 established and emerging brands, Coal Drops Yard is located within reimagined historic buildings in Kings Cross – and is now home to a vibrant cultural scene, including architecture and design-led retailers.
To celebrate its first year as part of London Craft Week, Coal Drops Yard has invited BUAISOU – a Japanese artist collective of farmers and dyers – to produce an installation made up of indigo flags. These have been hand dyed using traditional Japanese techniques, which visitors will be able to find out more about thanks to a series of workshops and installations around the process.
Other installations and experiences at Coal Drops Yard will cover the spectrum of materials and craftwork, including a workshop at chocolate makers, Alain Ducasse; candle making masterclasses with Earl of East; beer tasting at House of Cans; and a series of activities at the Tom Dixon showroom that will inspire new ways of using plants in design.
For more information on London Craft Week, please click here.